Paris After Nice — Subdued But Resilient

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First Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher attack, then Bataclan, and now this:  a horrific slaughter on the promenade in Nice during Bastille Day.  Although the latest attack was not in Paris, it struck at the heart of France  — during festivities that evoke the very essence of French life – liberté, égalité, fraternité.   Read More »

Jardin des Tuileries — Summer Carnival

If you have wandered near the Louvre or Jardin des Tuileries lately, you will notice an exciting addition on the rue du Rivoli wing, and a rather large one at that! La Fête Foraine is the temporary summer carnival implanted by le mairie of Paris for those looking for an entertaining night out with the kidsWith over 60 attractions, this fête includes a Ferris wheel, climbing wall, trampolines, merry-go-rounds, games, and sweets like cotton candy (“barbe a papa”, which means old man’s beard), crêpes, gaufres (waffles), beignets, churros (one of the only times you will find these on the streets of Paris!), guimauves (marshmallows), caramel apples (pomme d’amour, which means apple of love) and more.  It lasts through August 22. Read More »

Tour de France 2016

For its 113th year, Le Tour de France, the world’s premier biking race, began on July 2, and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 24.  This year’s tour has taken on extra resonance with the terrible terrorist attacks in Nice on July 14 (Bastille Day).  While security will be tight, expect the French and the free world to stand with France and support this momentous event. Read More »

Stand with France

pray for france   We are with France.  The free world is with you.

Bastille Day (July 14th)


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Photograph by Hélène Loiré:

With the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, Bastille Day has taken on special meaning.  Celebrations for Le Quartorze de Juillet (14th of July), also commonly known as Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale, mark one of the major party events in Paris for the year.  It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison and the French revolt against Louis XVI and the French monarchy.  These events ultimately led to years of “terror” with Marie-Antoinette, King Louis XVI, and Read More »

Paris Plage — Beach Vacation on the Seine

paris plage 2013Parisians wear bathing suits, children play in sandboxes, and adults read steamy novels while relaxing on lawn chairs on a sandy beach.  No, this is not in Normandy, but on the Seine just across from the Île-de-la-Cité.  Paris Plage brings the beach to Paris on the Seine River, making a great venue to relax and let the children play on a “beach” just a skip away from the Louvre and Notre Dame.  From July 18-August 21, the beaches of the Seine in Paris are the place to be. Read More »